"I knew heading up there they were number one on my list," Renner said. "I just kind of wanted to just see the campus, talk to the academic people, and make sure everything is right. I felt good, so I decided to commit."
A product of Springfield (Va.) West, Renner chose UNC over scholarship offers from Ohio, Maryland, Michigan State, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, and West Virginia.
"[UNC was] one of my favorites all along," Renner said. "… I really like Coach [John] Shoop and Coach [Butch] Davis, and they like me also. I thought it was the right time. I got a great tour, loved the practice, and really like the program a lot."
The popular belief was that Renner was destined for Virginia Tech, since both of his parents are alumni and his father even played for the Hokies before his NFL career.
"I like Virginia Tech, but I felt North Carolina was a better fit for me," Renner said. "Nothing against Virginia Tech, I just felt Carolina was a better fit."
Spearheaded by Shoop, who handled Renner's recruitment and will serve as his position coach, UNC's coaching staff was the main reason for Renner's high comfort level with the school.
"I like Coach Shoop," Renner said. "I'm going to be a quarterback for four years there. I like Coach Shoop and he's a great coach. I got to see him on the field today. I think Coach Davis and all the coaches on the staff are great."
Renner says his pledge is "really firm" and does not plan on visiting any other school.
"It's real," Renner said. "I'm going to Carolina and I'm glad to be a Tar Heel."
Prior to his commitment, Renner had unofficially visited Maryland, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia.
Renner plans to attend UNC's Spring Game on April 5th and one of the Tar Heels' summer camps.
As a junior, Renner, who also excels in basketball and baseball, completed 214-of-339 passes (63-percent) for 2,749 yards, 32 touchdowns, and just seven interceptions. He also rushed for 598 yards and ten touchdowns on 124 carries.